A taste of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Vice President of Android Product Management at Google Hugo Barra unveils Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the newest version of the popular mobile OS, during a San Francisco press conference.
Google added restricted profiles to Android Jelly Bean 4.3. It's a way to let several people use the same tablet, but each have access to only certain apps or content. You can pick and choose which apps each user can access from settings.
Google is playing it up as a great way to let your kids use your Nexus 7 or Android device, without messing with your email or downloading hundreds of dollars in music. It can also be used for retail kiosks, so customers can only use one app.
OpenGL ES brings better 2D graphics and 3D graphics to the new Nexus 7.
Better graphics and lighting
According to Android VP Hugo Barra, OpenGL ES makes lighting and graphics more realistic graphics.
The new Nexus can stream high definition 1080p quality videos. Netflix is the first app to take advantage of the higher video quality.
Features of Android 4.3
The major features announced with Android Jelly Bean 4.3 are restricted profiles, Bluetooth smart capability -- which connects fitness trackers and more to the 4.3 devices --, and support for OpenGL ES.
Chrome for 4.3
Chrome gets an updated experience, including a fullscreen option that hides away your tabs.
Google Maps already got updated ahead of the 4.3 launch to include Explore, which lets you browse for restaurants and businesses, indoor maps, and live traffic reports.
New business pages in Google Maps give you ratings, reviews, contact information, and photos in one place.
Hangouts with screensharing
You can share your device's screen and edit documents while on a Google Hangout in 4.3.